from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An aerosol containing the irritant capsaicin, used to immobilize or incapacitate a person or animal, especially one that is an attacker.
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- noun A
non-lethal chemical agentwhich is used in riot control and personal self-defense.
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- noun a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From the capsaicin content derived from capsicum peppers.]
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